My congratulations to Jakob, winners of this year’s Taite Music Prize.
Named after the idiosyncratic and respected music journalist Dylan Taite, this prize is one of the few that means anything in New Zealand music. It’s awarded on/for merit – it’s not about sales, or videos, or catchy singles. It’s about music. It’s judged on the success of the music as music – as the art.
This was the first time Jakob was nominated. The Napier trio took eight years to follow-up its previous record. You can read about the frustrations, injuries and label setbacks that contributed to the band’s internal doubt in my interview with guitarist Jeff Boyle.
The album they would eventually release late last year, Sines, is a masterpiece.
I’m a loyal fan and champion of this band – like anyway who has seen them more than once I consider them the best band in New Zealand.
The news of this award arrives as the band prepares to head off to stun the rest of the world with shows in support of Sines.
A full summary of this year’s Taite Music Prize award evening can be found here at Stuff.co.nz.